The aim of Intellectual Output 1 (IO1) was to map the situation in the countries of the partners and identify the target group and their needs. This training needs analysis identified those who needed training and what kind of training was required, helping to put the training resources to good use. The two target groups that were discovered in the preparation phase of the project were organizations that had no experience in mentoring volunteers but had interests and organizations that had the existing mentoring experience but wished to improve the quality of their work.
A training needs assessment identified individuals’ current level of competency, skill or knowledge in one or more areas. It compared that competency level to the required competency standard established for their positions or other positions within the organization. The difference between the current and required competencies helped determine training needs. Rather than assuming that all employees/organizations needed training or even the same training, trainers made informed decisions about the best ways to address competency gaps among individuals or organizations.
This analysis impacted the target group and the creation of the other intellectual outputs, as it helped to adapt the content to the needs of the target group. The impact in general overlapped with the overall impact of the project.
Regarding transferability, at the conclusion of the analysis, the plan was to provide readers with evidence that/whether the research study’s findings could be applicable to other contexts, situations, times, and populations. It was important to note that the researchers, as researchers, could not prove that the research study’s findings would be applicable. Instead, they could provide evidence that it could be applicable. This analysis could serve other organizations’ other purposes regarding the necessity of data regarding mentorship in ESC projects and the youth involved.
In the creation of this output, the main input came from organizations with a low level of experience, as they were part of the target group and had close collaboration with it.
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